How to Learn Self-Defense at Home

As people are becoming more conscious about their safety nowadays, self-defense training is gaining in popularity even among young children. Children are no longer safe at school and the number of criminal attacks is increasing by the day. Vulnerable citizens are prone to these dangers unless you know how to protect yourself.

When it comes to self-defense training, the best way to learn is from someone who is already a professional in this field. You may be able to find a school in your area that offers self-defense trainings. But while a live instructor is irreplaceable, you may also, for personal reasons, train on your own using martial arts books, Internet videos and other resources.

Training at home offers more convenience because you could schedule your training at your most convenient time without leaving your home. There is also a wide range of free materials that you could use. Most of them can be found online.

Here are some tips that can help you learn self-defense at home:

  1. Ensure that your overall health is suitable for the trainings. If you have a special health condition like a heart problem or high blood pressure, consult your doctor first before starting any formal training. Also, patients with hip flexor pain or those undergoing anterior hip precautions may have to postpone their trainings for a later time because there are certain moves that may not be suitable for them.
  2. Create a workable schedule for your daily practice. Allot at least one day a week and at least one hour per session to practice. Maintain discipline during trainings by strictly following your schedule just like when you attend formal class.
  3. Prepare your training materials for each session. You may download videos in advance or read materials about certain moves that you like to practice for a particular session.
  4. Designate a special place in your home where you can practice. Invest also in special equipment such as a punching bag which is helpful during training.
  5. Begin each training session with warm up and stretching exercises. They are helpful to avoid muscle pain especially in the hip flexor after your training, aside from overstretching your muscles during actual training.
  6. While a punching bag can help you during practice, it is still best if you could ask someone to be your sparring partner from time to time so that you can test your progress. It should be someone who is also knowledgeable about self-defense and not just anybody with no experience. During sparring sessions, be sure to use safety equipment and appropriate gears such as feet protection and gloves. Also practice caution whenever you engage in sparring. Be always ready to protect yourself from kicks and punches.
  7. Establish your routine, and as much as possible, stick to your schedule during training.

Learning self-defense offers a number of benefits. Aside from protection against possible attacks, it is also a good form of exercise. You could train for self-defense and be able to maintain your overall physical wellness while learning how to protect yourself.